In fine weather the lagoon restoration started at Ottenby at the southern tip of the Swedish island Öland. An excavator is removing eutrophicated mud from the lagoons. The material including high vegetation is driven away. The aim of the action is to improve the water quality in the shallow lagoons and to create shorelines with low vegetation. It is expected that the green toad (Bufo viridis) will find suitable breeding habitats in shallow waters in future. In the past the green toad went extinct on Öland. Since two years the reintroduction of the Green toad is ongoing in cooperation with the Zoo Nordens Ark. In the first days of October during a seminar from Kalmar County more green toads will be released.
The grazing of the lagoon edges will inhibit the overgrowth and will provide short grazed banks. Such shorelines will provide attractive foraging habitats for wader birds as e. g. Baltic dunlin (Calitris alpina shinzii) and ruff (Philomachus pugnax). In the Baltic region both bird species have important breeding sites on the island of Öland and at Ottenby.
Seminar on future management on coastal meadows in Sydöstra Öland: Read more
In August and September are organized work-camps to improve the status of the Estonian project sites. Workcamps are organized with the help of Estonian Fund for Nature, who has been a long term partner for Estonian protected areas in organizing work-camps. Estonian Fund for Nature will be responsible for advertizing the camps and providing the volunteers the accommodation, food and gear whereas Environmental Board and other BaltCoast partners in Estonia will be coordinating the work and will raise awareness of the participants about the necessity of the work.
First workcamp is going to be held in Kihnu in 11th-13th of August.
Next work-camps are going to be held in first weekend of September, when parallely are organized camps in Kõrgessaare-Mudaste and in Teorehe project sites. Last camp is going to be held in Sõmeri in 17-19th of September. Work is almost the same in all the project sites. Volunteers will be used to cut the juniper and open up the coastal meadows. In Kihnu the volunteers will also be used for cleaning shallow ponds. In each camp it is expected to have around 15 participants, from which 2-3 people are coordinating the work.
Read more about the work camps held by Estonian Fund for Nature:
More information about the Estonian project sites here
The 22nd of May is the Day of Biodiversity! We will pay attention to that at Ottenby - the Natura 2000 site at the southern tip of the island of Öland in Sweden. The Kalmar County Administration will take part with information of the LIFE-BaltCoast project and the Green toad - which was introduced to the site last year - and that is calling just now!
For more details on this event click here.
Mr. Reimer Böge, Member of European Parliament for EEP, made a visit to the Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein (regional Foundation for nature conservation) on Thursday, 29.4.2010. Main topic was the general work of the foundation, their projects and the overall success. The focus in this meeting with the chair of board Herlich-Marie Todsen-Reese, manager Dr. Walter Hemmerling and staff laid on European financed projects in nature conservation as LIFE BaltCoast (Project manager Britta Küper).
The Falsterbo Bird Show is the largest bird watching event in Scandinavia
Be part of this huge community of bird-watchers and meet friends and like-minded persons on the first weekend in September 2010 in Falsterbo, Sweden. Here the migrating birds from Scandinavia pass the small peninsula and last bit of Land on their way to Central Europe
More information at www.falsterbobirdshow.com and here.
Also in 2010 Falsterbo Bird Observatory invites to Guided Tours to the Avocet Colonies see announcement right hand.
Here you can Download the program for Guided Tours 2010 in Germany.
Mrs Ulrike Rodust, Member of European Parliament for Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, made an extensive visit to the Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein (regional Foundation for nature conservation) on Tuesday, 16. of February. Main topic was the general work of the foundation, their projects and the overall success. The focus in this meeting with the manager Dr. Walter Hemmerling and staff laid on European financed projects in nature conservation as LIFE BaltCoast and LIFE Bombina, latter successfully closed December 2009.
The Project Seminar about Predation and Management took place 28.9.till 1.10.2009 in Matsalu National Park, Estonia.
About 40 participants from different countries discussed issues of meadow and coastal bird predation as well as possible management actions.
For more see program about the seminar here.
Presentations as PPP can be requested from the project management.